Jamie Whincup’s co-driver, Paul Dumbrell, will start from pole position for the co-driver-only sprint race that helps (in part) to determine the grid for Sunday’s Sandown 500 endurance race after the defending champion posted the fastest time in qualifying.
Fresh from posting the quickest time in the day’s earlier practice session, Whincup proved too strong for the rest of the field over the twenty-minute session.
His second flying lap proved good enough for provisional pole position, and despite being bumped from top spot by Will Davison, he returned to the top of the timesheets in the final sixty seconds.
His time of 1:08.6203 lowered the lap-record-breaking time he had set in practice earlier in the day, and came despite his being momentarily held up by Jason Bright as he exited the final corner.
Super rookie driver Chaz Mostert put in a superb lap time to bag the second-fastest time in his Dick Johnson Racing Ford, which he will hand over to co-driver Dale Wood for the opening twenty-lap sprint race.
Scott McLaughlin, Garth Tander, Craig Lowndes, Will Davison, David Reynolds, James Courtney, Tim Slade and Jason Bright rounded out the first five rows of the grid to be claimed by their respective co-drivers.
The session threw up a few surprise results, with one of the biggest disappointments being Mark Winterbottom, who managed just twelfth-fastest and will rely on co-driver Steve Richards to gain some positions in his stint in the car.
The afternoon will see two sixty-kilometre sprint races determine the final starting order for Sunday’s 161-lap major event race. The first will be tackled by the co-drivers to set the grid for the second ‘main driver’ race. The latter’s finishing order will make up the final grid for Sunday’s race.
2013 V8 Supercars Sandown 500 – Preliminary Qualifying Results:
|Driver||Entry / Team||Result|
|1.||Jamie Whincup||Red Bull Racing AU / Triple 8 Engineering||1:08.6203|
|2.||Chaz Mostert||Wilson Security Racing / Dick Johnson Racing||+ 0.0908|
|3.||Scott McLaughlin||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||+ 0.2097|
|4.||Garth Tander||Holden Racing Team / TWR||+ 0.2286|
|5.||Craig Lowndes||Red Bull Racing AU / Triple 8 Engineering||+ 0.2414|
|6.||Will Davison||Pepsi Max Crew / Ford Performance Racing||+ 0.2658|
|7.||David Reynolds||Bottle-O Racing / Ford Performance Racing||+ 0.2768|
|8.||James Courtney||Holden Racing Team / TWR||+ 0.3247|
|9.||Tim Slade||Heavy Haulage Racing / Erebus Motorsport||+ 0.3364|
|10.||Jason Bright||Team BOC / Brad Jones Racing||+ 0.3492|
|11.||Lee Holdsworth||IRWIN Racing / Erebus Motorsport||+ 0.3533|
|12.||Mark Winterbottom||Pepsi Max Crew / Ford Performance Racing||+ 0.3684|
|13.||Fabian Coulthard||Lockwood Racing / Brad Jones Racing||+ 0.4257|
|14.||Alexandre Prémat||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||+ 0.4438|
|15.||Todd Kelly||Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Motorsport||+ 0.5360|
|16.||Shane van Gisbergen||VIP Petfoods / Tekno Autosports||+ 0.5802|
|17.||Russell Ingall||SuperCheap Auto Racing / TWR||+ 0.6013|
|18.||David Wall||Wilson Security Racing / Brad Jones Racing||+ 0.6307|
|19.||James Moffat||Norton 360 Racing / Nissan Motorsport||+ 0.6574|
|20.||Jonathon Webb||Darrell Lea Racing / Tekno Autosports||+ 0.7073|
|21.||Dean Fiore||Dodo Insurance / Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport||+ 0.7198|
|22.||Maro Engel||SP Tools Racing / Erebus Motorsport||+ 0.7226|
|23.||Tim Blanchard||Wilson Security Racing / Dick Johnson Racing||+ 0.7335|
|24.||Alex Davison||Jeld-Wen Racing / Ford Performance Racing||+ 0.7360|
|25.||Michael Caruso||Norton 360 Racing / Nissan Motorsport||+ 0.7775|
|26.||Tony D’Alberto||Team HIFLEX / Tony D’Alberto Racing||+ 0.8409|
|27.||Rick Kelly||Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Motorsport||+ 0.8662|
|EXC.||Scott Pye||EKOL Racing / Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport||Disallowed|